Peace and Global Studies

Peace and global studies (PAGS) majors explore strategies for constructing a just and peaceful world. The goal of the program is to develop your competencies in fields contributing toward social transformation and peace.

PAGS is a great choice for students who are activists interested in the work of justice and peace: nonviolent strategies, anti-racist work, anti-poverty work, community organizing, addressing climate change and engendering more expansive human rights.  The PAGS program draws from the disciplines of anthropology, economics, history, philosophy and politics to explore problems of systemic violence and how these can be addressed.  The PAGS major offers students concrete grounding and enriched conceptual frameworks for strategizing for social change to address the most pressing challenges of our time.

PAGS is a rigorous major, but the challenge is invigorating! Our students are known for their serious work ethic combined with their unmatched senses of humor.

PAGS students are also known as passionate campus activists. They’ve been involved in organizations such as the REInvestment Campaign to urge Earlham to divest from coal and petroleum extraction; and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, in support of Palestinian nonviolent resistance to occupation.

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of work seekers who majored in a cross-divisional major between 2018-2022 were employed, pursuing graduate school or volunteering within six months of graduation.
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The PAGS program graduated two Rhodes Scholars in three years (Hashem Abu Sham’a ’17 and Summia Tora ’19) and frequently graduates Watson fellows and Fulbright scholars.

Top job industries for peace and global studies majors include community and social services, education, political organizing and lobbying.

Developing active peacemakers

Peace and global studies seniors research and design public presentations on the topic of their choice. Recent topics have been: “Race and the Prison-Industrial Complex,” “Whose Bodies Matter? Drone Warfare and Surveillance” and “Is Social Media a Game-Changer for Progressive Social Movements?”

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Hands-on experience

Through internships and off-campus study, peace and global studies students apply what they have learned to particular sites under the guidance of experienced organizers and activists. The Earlham Center for Global and Career Education can help you search for available programs.

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A multitude of resources

The Department of Peace and Global Studies, situated in LBC room 322, offers resources for students and faculty passionate about activism. Explore opportunities such as the Applied minor Peace Corps prep and the Center for Social Justice to further engage in peace and global studies initiatives.

Our faculty

Our faculty are dedicated to documenting and building the power of organized labor, examining obstacles to social change, theorizing and reconceptualizing democracy, and organizing for greater economic and racial justice and solidarity at the local level. Contact our director to learn more about the program.

Frequently asked questions

As a peace and global studies graduate, you can work around the globe. Like other PAGS alumni, you can be affiliated with non-governmental organizations, human rights groups, political campaigns, environmental organizations, alternative media, religious organizations and international agencies.

PAGS graduates work throughout the world, as rights advocates, journalists, researchers, organizers, lawyers, nurses, doctors, midwives, architects, designers, teachers, and university professors.

Peace and global studies majors have interned around the globe, many under the guidance of experienced organizers and activists. Recently, students have interned at organizations like UNITE HERE, Win Without War, the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, the Green Party of Poland, LesQueers and World Relief Chicago.

Professors in the PAGS program and the Earlham Center for Global and Career Education can help you identify potential internship sites that match your interests.

Yes! There are multiple off-campus study programs that are a great fit for peace and global studies majors, including the border studies program in Tucson, Arizona and Tibetan Studies in northern India, among others.

Some PAGS majors also complete their internship requirement while on an off-campus study program.

If you are a passionate activist and organizer or interested in understanding systems and society so you are better able to enact change, this major may be for you. After graduating, PAGS majors work in nonprofits, political campaigns, government and law, media and many other industries.

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